XDA Editorial

What Augmented Reality is and Why it Matters to You

Augmented reality is a term so many of us have heard, yet know so little about. When you ask someone what augmented reality is, their first reaction is usually to describe an application on their mobile device. Google touts its Project Glass as the next big thing in augmented reality and an innovation in the...

ACTA, CETA, and The Death of Liberty

ACTA refuses to die. The agreement that many hailed as the start of death to much of the world's intellectual liberties was itself brutally slaughtered by the European Union's Parliament on July 4, 2012 (cue snare drums and fifes in America). However, it seems the coroner underestimated the resolve of ACTA's creators, and a new...

The Kindle Fire: A Status Update

The Amazon Kindle Fire is a device like no other. Touted by Amazon as a low-priced iPad killer, it has carved out quite a niche for itself in the seven months since its release. Looking back to November of last year, it seemed like no single Android tablet would ever be able to pull significant...

ACTA Annihilated in Europe: Fatality!

For those of you who have been living under a rock, ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) was destroyed yesterday by the European Union's Parliament by an overwhelming 478 to 39. Because of this, ACTA is now in the anti-democracy graveyard playing cards with its friends SOPA and PIPA. This is good news for the industrialized...

Sage Advice from Cyanogen Still Valid Today

If you've spent any amount of time on XDA, you've heard of XDA Recognized Developer Cyanogen or the nearly ubiquitous CyanogenMod. In fact, chances are that at you've either run CyanogenMod on one of your devices at some point in the past, or you're running it (or a kanged version) now. In many ways, CyanogenMod represented...

The “Perfect” Phone

I've seen too many "perfect phone" articles from people who really have no idea what they are talking about. I'm going to use this white-space to dispel some ill-conceived myths that uninformed people have generated, as well as list several entirely mandatory features for the "perfect device."  I believe you, the reader, will find my...

Oracle and Google Fight over Java Copyright

The Oracle and Google debate is back in the news now that their battle in court is finally here. A simple Google, or Yahoo!, or Bing---which ever you prefer---search will lead you to many different experts commenting on the story. In fact one commenter has been ousted as a consultant for Oracle. “Independent” Analyst and...

When Google Doesn’t Know the Answer in Their Own Competition, Everybody Wins

Less than a month ago, registrations opened for Google I/O 2012. It was sold out in 20 minutes. This didn't go down exactly as planned. According to Google themselves, server load immediately exceeded the number of tickets they had available. Registration was hit-or-miss, and certainly not first-come-first-serve basis, as promised. Google had also hinted that...

Google Defines the UI of the Future–But Are We Ready?

Augmented reality - a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. We have been tempted in the movies over the years with augmented reality via heads-up-displays (HUDs), from Terminator to Minority Report, and yet it hasn't really made the leap from the...

Samsung Users Bewildered By Random Russian E-Mail Application

A few days ago some users of certain Samsung Galaxy devices began to notice that within the pending updates in the Play Store (that name still feels wrong), was a strange app that they had not installed and the description of which was entirely in Russian. The application was entitled МТС Мобильная Почта, and has...

One-Click and the Simplification of Technology–Is This a Good or Bad Thing?

Here on XDA-Developers, we tend to cater to everyone's needs and wants. From the most experienced developer to the newest user, who literally just picked up his/her smartphone exactly 25 minutes ago and is curious about what it can do, anyone can find something that will get them hooked on xda and smartphone modding. The...

Open-Source Hardware–The Industry Standard

The center of most modern development is Open-Source. Open-Source is a huge selling point, allowing the user to potentially be on equal or greater knowledge-footing than product support.  Open-Source allows the end user to read and write the same software that comes on the device.  Open-Source also gives us the tools we need to modify our...